Academic Minute Podcast

The Academic Minute for 2021.01.10-2021.01.14

The Academic Minute from 01.10 – 01.14

Monday, January 10th
Sal Agnihothri Binghamton University
Harnessing the Power of Healthcare Apps Through Provider Integration
Sal Agnihothri is a professor of Supply Chain and Business Analytics in the School of Management, Binghamton University. He holds B.Sc. in Mathematics and M.Sc. in Statistics from Karnatak University, Dharwad, India, and M.S. in Operations Research and Ph.D. in Operations Management from the University of Rochester. His current research focuses on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of chronic healthcare delivery. He uses mathematical modeling and data science to understand the important features of chronic care delivery. Key research questions he addressed are how mobile health technology could be used to reduce costs and improve patient health and what policy changes are needed to accelerate the use of mobile health technology. His other research interests include managing field service operations, and process flexibility and cross-training decisions in services. He has published in leading Operations Management journals including Operations Research, Production and Operations management, and Health Care Management Science.

Tuesday, January 11th
Frederick Engram – University of Texas at Arlington
Teaching the Truth Should Not Be Controversial
Dr. Frederick V. Engram Jr, is an Assistant Professor of Instruction with a joint appointment in the Department of Criminology/Criminal Justice and the Center for African American Studies at the University of Texas Arlington. Dr. Engram also holds an affiliate faculty role in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies within the College of Education. Dr. Engram uses critical race theory to help make sense of the African American experience with racism within both the higher education and criminal justice systems. Dr. Engram has published his work within media outlets such as Blavity, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, and Forbes. He is also a TEDx and nationally requested keynote speaker.

Wednesday, January 12th
Diya Abdo – Guilford College
Resettlement Campuses are the Future of Higher Education
Diya Abdo is a Professor of English at Guilford College. A second-generation Palestinian refugee born and raised in Jordan, Dr. Abdo’s teaching, research, and scholarship focus on Arab women writers and Arab and Islamic feminisms. She has also published poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Her book AMERICAN REFUGE: True Stories of the Refugee Experience is forthcoming from Steerforth Press in 2022. In 2015, Dr. Abdo founded the Every Campus A Refuge (ECAR) initiative which advocates for housing refugee families on college and university campus grounds and supporting them in their resettlement. The flagship chapter at Guilford College, now one of several ECAR campuses, has hosted 66 refugees so far. The College will begin hosting 20 Afghan evacuees in January, 2022. Dr. Abdo is the recipient of the J.M. Kaplan Fund’s Innovation Prize (2021), Campus Compact’s Thomas Ehrlich Civically Engaged Faculty Award (2019), Gulf South Summit’s Outstanding Service-Learning Collaboration in Higher Education Award (2017), and The Washington Center’s Civic Engagement in Higher Education Award (2017). In 2018, she was named a finalist in the Arab Hope Makers Award. She has been making presentations about ECAR far and wide, including at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. She lives in Greensboro, NC with her partner and two daughters. To learn more, visit or see Dr. Abdo’s TEDtalk here.

Thursday, January 13th
Olivier Civelli – University of California, Irvine
Preventing Morphine Addiction and Potentially Curbing the Opioid Epidemic
Olivier Civelli is a molecular biologist, a researcher in the field of neuropharmacology and an educator. He is the Eric L. and Lila D. Nelson Professor of Neuropharmacology at University of California, Irvine. He is also a Professor in the Department of Developmental and Cell Biology at University of California, Irvine. He is most known for his work in advancing understanding of neurotransmission and his impact on drug discovery. Civelli’s research is focused on understanding brain function and the identification and study of novel molecules involved in brain activity. He was the first to decipher the structure of a dopamine receptor, the D2 receptor, central to neurobiology. Civelli then invented the strategy that uses orphan receptors to discover new neurotransmitters referred to as reverse pharmacology. Utilizing this strategy, he was the first to identify a novel neuropeptide, orphanin FQ (Nociceptin) in 1995, which he showed to regulate anxiety. He has written over 450 papers and holds 30 patents.

Friday, January 14th
Joanne Dickson – Edith Cowan University
Goal-Setting Resolutions
Joanne M. Dickson is an Associate Professor in the Division of Psychology, School of Arts & Humanities, at Edith Cowan University (ECU), Australia. Her main research focuses on mental health and wellbeing, particularly from a goal-motivational, prospective cognition and affect perspective.


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